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Long-Range, High-Resolution Camera Optical Design for Assisted and Autonomous Driving

Maxim Integrated, San Jose, CA 95134, USA
Photonics 2019, 6(2), 73; https://doi.org/10.3390/photonics6020073
Received: 28 May 2019 / Revised: 18 June 2019 / Accepted: 21 June 2019 / Published: 25 June 2019
High-quality cameras are fundamental sensors in assisted and autonomous driving. In particular, long-range forward-facing cameras can provide vital information about the road ahead, including detection and recognition of objects and early hazard warning. These automotive cameras should provide high-resolution images consistently under extreme operating conditions of the car for robust operation. This paper aims to introduce the design of fixed-focus, passively athermalized lenses for next-generation automotive cameras. After introducing an overview of essential and desirable features of automotive cameras and state-of-the-art, based on these features, two different camera designs that can achieve traffic sign recognition at 200 m distance are presented. These lenses are designed from scratch, with a unique design approach that starts with a graphical lens material selection tool and arrives at an optimized design with optical design software. Optical system analyses are performed to evaluate the lens designs. The lenses are shown to accomplish high contrast from 40 °C to 100 °C and allow for a 4 × increase in resolution of automotive cameras. View Full-Text
Keywords: autonomous driving; automotive cameras; optical system design; thermal effects; athermal lens design; passive athermalization autonomous driving; automotive cameras; optical system design; thermal effects; athermal lens design; passive athermalization
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Sahin, F.E. Long-Range, High-Resolution Camera Optical Design for Assisted and Autonomous Driving. Photonics 2019, 6, 73.

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